Increased Sugar in American Diet Leads to Increased Obesity

Published By : 02 Nov 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

According to the American Heart Association, the recommended amount of sugar intake per day is 9 or less teaspoons of sugar per day for men and 6 or less teaspoons for women. However, the average consumption of sugar on a daily basis is actually 22 teaspoons or more. A can of pop or soda measuring 12 ounces has an estimated 10 teaspoons of sugar, which means that the drink alone has more than the amount recommended in a day. 

The more sugar consumed, the more it is craved. Sugar is known by 56 different names in processed foods. This includes high fructose corn syrup, found in almost everything, even ketchup. Studies indicate that 3,500 excess calories make up one pound. 

The rising sugar and calorie intake in the American diet has resulted in increased chronic diseases and obesity. 

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has been tracking many long term, chronic illness, diabetes being one of those. The number of Americans suffering from diabetes has more than tripled from 1980 to 2011, growing from 5.6 million people to 20.9 million. 

Rise in sugar consumption can result in obesity, which heightens the risk as well as frequency of diabetes and even heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, tooth decay, cancer, arthritis, and other illnesses. 

There is, however, a way out of this cycle: eating foods that are high in protein and fiber and avoiding all sugar sweetened beverages. A quick craving for sweetness can be fulfilled with a handful of almonds and cranberries. Including dried beans, which are rich in fiber, in the diet can give the feeling of being full, which in turn reduces chances of overeating. Avoiding processed and fast foods as much as possible is also key

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